In Turning the Mediterranean into a sort of Neotethys, I focused only on tilting Africa to the extent that Gibraltar has become an isthmus connecting Africa to Europe, thus opening passage to the Indian Ocean at the expense of shutting the door to the Atlantic, thereby creating the Neo-Tethys Sea. This scenario is slightly different:

  • Africa stays right where it is, but it is shaped differently, as though sea levels have risen by 77 meters.
  • Physically absent from this scenario are the land masses of Israel, Turkey and Iran.
  • The Caspian Basin is not land below sea level—it’s water.
  • The average depth has deepened from 1500 meters to about 3767 meters.

With these mentioned changes, how would they affect the North African/European climate and landscape?


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    $\begingroup$ Physically absent -- as in the land mass isn't there? $\endgroup$ – Serban Tanasa Jan 28 '16 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ Hello John, you frequently ask questions with false precision. 77 meters? 3767 meters? There is no way you are going to get answers with four-digit accuracy. $\endgroup$ – o.m. Jan 28 '16 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ How are Turkey and Iran Absent? Are they also ocean? $\endgroup$ – sdrawkcabdear Jan 28 '16 at 18:21
  • $\begingroup$ Having wiped out the drivers of about 90 percent of known history, this question is way too broad. $\endgroup$ – Oldcat Jan 28 '16 at 18:21
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    $\begingroup$ Started a meta discussion: meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/2981/… $\endgroup$ – Tim B Jan 31 '16 at 14:13